For the Record | Saudi Cabinet Session – December 21st

Published: December 24, 2015

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Today we provide for the record the December 21st meeting of the Saudi cabinet chaired by King Salman.

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King Salman Chairs Cabinet’s Session – December 21, 2015

Riyadh, Rabi’I 10, 1437, December 21, 2015, SPA — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chaired the Cabinet’s session at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh on Monday afternoon.

At the outset of the session, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques briefed the Cabinet on the telephone call received from the King of Kingdom of Bahrain, the telephone call made to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the results of his talks with the Chairman of Presidency Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Cabinet stressed that the joint statement on announcement of the formation of the Islamic alliance to fight terrorism militarily, intellectually and in the media in coordination with the important countries in the world and international organizations, which includes a group of Islamic states that make up the majority of the Islamic world, embodies the achievement of integration, closing of ranks, unification of efforts to combat it in all its forms and manifestations and eliminate its objectives and causes, and the performance of the duty to protect the nation from the evils of all armed and terrorist groups and organizations whatever might be their doctrines and names.

The Cabinet commended the support of a number of Arab, Islamic and friendly countries, international organizations and parliaments for the formation of Islamic alliance against terrorism and every effort to combat and eliminate it.

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The Cabinet expressed the Kingdom’s solidarity with the Government of Federal Nigeria in confronting terrorism, and standing by its side, following the terrorist operations that took place in Nigeria recently.

The Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet reviewed the latest developments in the region and the results of regional and international meetings and consultations regarding them, praising in this regard the outcomes of the second meeting of Saudi-Egyptian Coordination Council for Joint Work and Coordination between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Republic of Egypt held under the co-chairmanship of Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Egypt Engineer Sherif Ismail Mohammed, and the King’s directives to increase Saudi investments in Egypt and support transport movement in Suez Canal by Saudi ships to enhance and consolidate cooperation and advance the relations to serve the common interests between the two countries.

The Cabinet hailed the United Nations Security Council resolution No. 2254 on Syria, which sets up the political process to resolve the crisis on the basis of the principles of the Geneva Declaration 1 and the Conferences of Vienna 1 and 2 based on the formation of a transitional governing body with full political and security powers that can administer the country’s affairs in light of the preservation of national unity of Syria and its territorial integrity and enabling this transitional governing body to develop the road map for the future of Syria.

The Cabinet denounced the Houthi militias’ non-compliance after the announcement of a cease-fire during the peace talks between the Yemeni parties under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva, and their violation of the truce by committing actions that don’t serve the negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the Yemeni cause.

It also expressed the Kingdom’s welcoming of signing a peace agreement in Al-Sukhairat city of the Kingdom of Morocco between various Libyan parties under the auspices of the United Nations, and the Kingdom’s hope that the accord contributes to the restoration of security and stability in Libya under its national unity and territorial integrity.

On domestic affairs, the Cabinet appreciated the Royal Order on forming the first circle for Banking Disputes Committee, the Appellate Committee of Banking Disputes, and committees for settlement of financing disputes and irregularities with primary and appellate degrees.

The Cabinet was briefed on the works and results of conferences and symposiums held in the Kingdom during the past seven days.

Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi said that the Cabinet was briefed on a number of topics on its agenda including topics co-studied by the Shura Council, and the outcomes of the Cabinet’s General Committee and Bureau of Experts regarding them and decided the following:

First: The Cabinet approved a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of tourism between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, which was signed in Cairo on 02/05/1436H.

Second: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Defense – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the Tunisian side a draft agreement on cooperation in the field of defense between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Tunisia.

Third: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Finance – or his deputy – to sign a draft Protocol to amend the agreement concluded between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Austria to avoid double taxation with respect to taxes on income and capital and to prevent tax evasion, which was signed in Riyadh on 19/02/1437H.

Fourth: The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Water and Electricity – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the Mauritanian side a draft memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of water and sanitation between the Ministry of Water and Electricity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Fifth: The Cabinet authorized the President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the Belarusian side a draft scientific and technical cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Republic of Belarus.

Sixth: The Cabinet decided to gradually transfer the headquarters of the General Authority for Civil Aviation from Jeddah Governorate to Riyadh City in a period not exceeding 18 months.

Seventh: The Cabinet authorized the President of the National Anti-Corruption Commission – or his deputy – to discuss and sign with the International Anti-Corruption Academy a draft memorandum of understanding in the field of integrity protection and anti-corruption between the National Anti-Corruption Commission of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria.

Eighth: The Council approved a number of arrangements pertaining to the organizational structure of the Council of Environment.

The Cabinet also reviewed the annual report of the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority for the fiscal year 1434/1435H.

–SPA

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Officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia

Source: Saudi Press Agency, SUSRIS.com 

Based on the January 2015 Royal Orders Restructuring with Updates

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Premier, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques

1- Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] Crown Prince, Deputy Premier. [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Interior.
2- Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud [Replacing Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier [As of April 29, 2015] Retains post as Minister of Defense.
3- Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir [Replacing Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud], Minister of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
4- Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
5- Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
6- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of National Guard.
7- Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance.
8- Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani, Minister of Justice.
9- Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
10- Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
11- Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
12- Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance.
13- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn, Minister of Water and Electricity.
14- Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani [Replacing Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih] Minister of Labor. [As of April 29, 2015]
15- Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing. (Replaced Shwaish bin Saud Dhwaihi, Mar 11, 2015)
16- Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar, Minister of Hajj.
17- Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih [Replacing Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser] Minister of Economy and Planning. [As of April 29, 2015]
18- Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Adviser at the Royal Court at the rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]
19- Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry.
20- Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs.
21- Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
22- Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel, Minister of Transport.
23- Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
24- Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi, Minister of Social Affairs.
25- Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
26- Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers.
27- Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
28- Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh [Replacing Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, ACTING Minister of Health, who replaced Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib by Royal Order on Apr 11, 2015] as Minister of Health [As of April 29, 2015]
29- Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj, Minister of Civil Service.
30- Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi, Minister of Culture and Information.
31- Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Agriculture.
32- Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil, Minister of Education.
33- Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem to the post of Chief of Royal Court at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
34- Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa, the Minister of State and Cabinet’s Member, to the post as Member at the Council of Political and Security Affairs. [As of April 29, 2015]
35- Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Yousef to the post as Chairman of Board of Grievances at Minister’s Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
36- Dr. Nasser bin Rajeh bin Mohammed Al-Shahrani to the post of Deputy President of Human Rights Commission at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
37- Appointing of Dr. Amro bin Ibrahim Rajab to the post of Deputy Chief of the Cabinet’s Bureau of Experts at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
38- Appointing of Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Mansour to the post of Assistant General President of Youth Welfare at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
39- Assigning Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Jasser, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information to act as President of Radio and Television Commission in addition to his post. [As of April 29, 2015]
40 – Appointing Saleh bin Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Jasser to the post as Adviser at the Royal Court at Excellent Rank. [As of April 29, 2015]
41 – Appointing Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to the post of Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the Rank of Minister. [As of April 29, 2015]

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The Cabinet of Saudi Arabia as of January 29, 2015. (SPA)

OFFICIALS BY POSITION

CABINET MINISTERS & SENIOR OFFICIALS (as of April 29, 2015)

  • King — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Prime Minister — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Crown Prince)
  • Second Deputy Prime Minister — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Deputy Crown Prince)
  • Minister of Agriculture — Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli
  • Minister of Civil Service — Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Araj
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry — Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah
  • Ministry of Communications and Information Technology — Dr. Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel
  • Ministry of Culture and Information — Dr. Adel bin Zaid Al-Turaifi
  • Minister of Defense — Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Economy and Planning — Eng. Adel bin Mohammed bin Abdulqadir Faqih
  • Minister of Education — Dr. Azzam bin Mohammed Al-Dakhil
  • Minister of Finance — Dr. Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs — Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir
  • Minister of Health — Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Faleh
  • Minister of Housing — Essam bin Saad bin Saeed, Minister of Housing
  • Minister of Interior — Prince Mohammed bin Naif [Nayef] bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call & Guidance — Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of Justice — Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Samaani
  • Minister of Labor — Dr. Mufrej bin Saad Al-Haqbani
  • Minister of Municipal & Rural Affairs — Eng. Abdullatif bin Abdulmalik bin Omar Al Al-Sheikh
  • Minister of the National Guard — Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
  • Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources — Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi
  • Minister of Pilgrimage Affairs [Hajj] & Religious Trusts — Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Asaad Hajjar
  • Minister of Social Affairs — Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qusaibi
  • Minister of Transport — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Muqbel
  • Minister of Water & Electricity — Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Husayyn
  • Minister of State — Prince Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Cabinet Member, Adviser and Special Envoy to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Supervisor of Foreign Affairs.
  • Minister of State — Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Member of the Council of Ministers, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
  • Minister of State — Dr. Matlab bin Abdullah Al-Nafisah, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Faisal bin Jaber Abu Saq, Member of the Council of Ministers for Shoura Council Affairs
  • Minister of State — Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Dr. Saad bin Khalid bin Saadallah Al-Jabri, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Mohammed bin Abdulmalik bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, Member of the Council of Ministers
  • Minister of State — Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Essa
  • Chairman, Supreme Ulama Council — Abd al-Aziz bin Abdallah AL Al-Shaykh
  • Governor Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency — Fahd bin Abdallah al-Mubarak
  • Ambassador to the United States — (Vacant)
  • Permanent Representative to the UN, New York — Abdallah bin Yahya al-Muallami
  • Chief of Royal Court — Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem
  • Adviser at the Royal Court — Dr. Mohammed bin Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Jasser

Source: Saudi Press Agency, World Factbook, SUSRIS.com

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